20th Film Video Foto Fair

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The 20th jubilee Film Video Foto Fair is closer and closer! The biggest industry event in Poland will become a great opportunity for all fans of film and photographic art again.

During this year’s edition of the fair almost 130 firms will appear, including leading producers and distributors of photo and video industry. Exhibitors will present a rich and varied offer of photographic, film, audio-video equipment and accessories as well as multimedia technologies. The Film Video Foto Fair is a great opportunity to follow the latest trends, test a wide assortment of products or learn about technological innovations. In addition to that, it is an excellent opportunity to establish new and maintain the current business contacts as well as exchange experiences and discuss the industry.

As usual, the fair is accompanied by workshops, seminars, presentations and meetings aimed at professionals dealing with photography and film as well as amateurs. Thanks to the rich programme of accompanying events, everybody will be able to develop their skills and competences by following the best.

The first series of the workshops and trainings is connected with photographing. Tomasz Tomkowiak, Karol Nienartowicz, Robert Wolański, Sławek “hesja” Krajniewski, Marek Arcimowicz, Wiktor Franko and Jacek Bonecki, all respected and repeatedly rewarded photographers, will tell about their experiences.

The people who are interested in filming will certainly listen to the lectures and participate in meetings with Captain Pilot Henryk Kwapisz or Wacław Mączyński, among others. There are also lectures aimed at those who are involved in image processing.

Another attraction for visitors of this year’s Film Video Foto fair is a cycle of author’s talks with famous photographers. The following artists have confirmed their participation: Chris Niedenthal (doc! #6), Jacek Poremba (doc! #8), Marcin Dobas and already mentioned Marek Arcimowicz.

Taken from the Little Princess series

Taken from the Little Princess series

As in the previous edition, the fair will also be accompanied by the Art Zone, the place of meetings with artists representing different kinds of photography and presenting their artistic achievements. During the jubilee edition of Film Video Foto Fair you will be able to meet Magdalena Franczuk, Sonia Firlej, Paweł Brzeziński, Arcadius Mauritz or Yulia Krivich (DEBUTS 2015), among others.

The visitors, after a large dose of information on the newest equipment and software, will be able to see several photo exhibitions, including:

  • DEBUTS (edition 2016)
  • Olympus’ visionaries
  • collective exhibition of the Art Zone’s guests
  • Our World Is Beautiful
  • Opole Landscapes
  • Agata Serge’s Freckles

More info @ www.filmvideofoto.pl

Please note, the first day of the Film Video Foto Fair (April 6) is scheduled for business meetings of the professionals. This day visiting is possible on the basis of invitations, multiple entry cards and media accreditations

20th Film Video Foto Fair
@ Expo-Łódź (4 Politechniki Av., Łódź, Poland)
April 6-8, 2017

The 20th edition of FILM VIDEO FOTO fair is coming!


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At the beginning of April, Łódź will become a Polish capital of photography and filming. During three days of jubilee edition of FILM VIDEO FOTO fair, all those, whose passion is recording the light in the frame and film, will be celebrating their feast.

This year’s edition of the fair will give a great opportunity to see novelties presented by leading producers, service provides and distributors of photographic, film, audio-video equipment and accessories as well as multimedia technologies. The FILM VIDEO FOTO fair is not only the novelties from the world of photography and film, that you can see and test on your own, it is also a wonderful opportunity to meet the most recognisable and experienced experts in both of these fields.

As every year, the FILM VIDEO FOTO fair will offer its visitors a number of lectures and workshops. Every day the trainings will be divided into thematic blocks related to photography, film, print and image processing. There will also be exhibitions and meetings with famous photographers during which they will tell us about their skills and experience. This year’s Art Zone will be divided into Young Polish Photographers – including presentation of the DEBUTS (edition 2016) winners – and Masters of Frames. In addition, there will be meetings with artists presenting their own achievements and different kinds of photography.

The first day of the FILM VIDEO FOTO fair in Łódź, the biggest exhibition of photo, audio and video industry in Central and Eastern Europe, will belong exclusively to the industry representatives for B2B meetings. The next two days will be available to all those who want to develop their skills, gain knowledge of news in technology and meet recognisable experts in the industry of photography and film.

More info @ www.filmvideofoto.pl

@ Expo-Łódź  (4 Politechniki Av., Łódź, Poland)
April 6-8, 2017 

The FILM VIDEO FOTO fairs are organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Press Photo Expo 2017

A horse fair is held on the first day of the Puck Fair, one of Ireland’s most unusual and oldest street festivals. It takes place in Killorglin, Co. Kerry, and it runs annually for three days beginning on August 10. It is a sort of organised chaos and it is hard to see a pattern in it. However the people involved know exactly what’s going on. Deals are done the old way with hands shaken to seal the bargain. It is like a brief glimpse into the past as nowadays few animals are sold this way in Ireland. Killorglin, Co. Kerry (Ireland), 2015
Taken from the Horse Fair – Puck Fair series

The 4th edition of Press Photo Expo will take place in one of the oldest Warsaw’s trade houses, built in 1914 – The Jabłkowski Brothers – on January 16. The event, whose goal is to share photographic knowledge and experience, gathers professionals and photography lovers. This year’s edition of Press Photo Expo will consist of photo exhibitions, products presentations, legal consultations, lots of workshops and lectures, including this by special guest of the event – Joe Klamar, photojournalist of the Agence France Presse known for his controversial images of the US Olympics team.

“During this event professionals meet each other in one place to focus on offering designed specifically for them,” – says Adam Nurkiewicz, organising the event. - “The list of companies presenting their equipment for photographers covers all leading brands producing cameras, lenses and peripheries.”

The event is addressed primarily to professional photographers, freelancers, photo agencies and information services, photographic associations, journalists’ associations, editorial staff, students and all people interested in good photography.

The underground in Warsaw is a temporary place where people hide from the world outside…
Taken from the Underground People series

One of the accompanying events of the 2017 Press Photo Expo will be Warsaw presentation of the most talented emerging Polish photographers, laureates of DEBUTS (edition 2016), selected by international jury, consisting of photographers, publishers and gallery owners.

More info @ www.pressphotoexpo.com

Press Photo Expo 2017
@ The Jabłkowski Brothers Trade House (25 Bracka St., Warsaw, Poland)
January 16, 2017
10.00 AM – 9.00 PM

The 2017 Press Photo Expo is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Hit the Łódź, or Fotofestiwal Is Coming!

This year’s anniversary edition of Fotofestiwal will begin on June 9 and last until June 19, 2016. The main theme of the fifteenth festival will be the experience intrinsically linked to photography from its very beginning – travel and the various forms of its recording and presentation. The main theme, HIT THE ROAD: Photographers’ Travel will comprise not only generic postcard photography, but also the forms that transcend it – conceptual, press and documentary photography.

The festival will take a look at the works of Robert Rauschenberg, co-creator of pop-art, and at the photographs of David “Chim” Seymour, one of the originators of the world famous Magnum Photos agency. The exhibitions under the HIT THE ROAD scheme are curated by Alison Nordström, the art director of the Fotofestiwal and former curator of George Eastman House at Rochester (NY, USA).

One of the regular sections of the festival is the Grand Prix. It begins with the photo contest and ends with the publication of its results as well as the opening of the final exhibitions. The winner of the Grand Prix, amounting PLN 10,000, will be announced during the festival opening ceremony.  It will be one of the following artists:

Taken from The Observation of Trifles series by Carlos Alba

Taken from The Observation of Trifles series by Carlos Alba

Carlos AlbaThe Observation of Trifles
The Observation of Trifles is a documentary photography project about how a foreigner finds his way in a new country and a new neighbourhood. The objects found in the street – details of letters with notes, drawings, urban furniture reproductions – are the key to an unexplored world and to new life stories.

Taken from the Wolfgang series by David Fathi

Taken from the Wolfgang series by David Fathi

David FathiWolfgang
Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, one of the founders of quantum physics, was nicknamed the “Conscience of Physics”. But he was also known among his peers for something a bit less “scientific”. Legend says that when Pauli entered a room, experiences would fail and machinery would break down. His colleagues jokingly called this phenomenon The Pauli Effect. This series is a semi-fiction where the Pauli Effect continues to haunt everyday life at CERN. The observer is the actor in establishing what is science and what is a myth.

Taken from the Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man series by Nick Hannes

Taken from the Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man series by Nick Hannes

Nick HannesMediterranean. The Continuity of Man
Over 100 million tourists flock to the Med every year. Thousands of desperate immigrants from Africa and Asia continuously attempt to cross its water in shabby boats. The project comprises pictures of the 20 countries, documenting contemporary issues such as tourism, urbanisation, migration, crisis and conflict.

Taken from the Halfway series by Patryk Karbowski

Taken from the Halfway series by Patryk Karbowski

Patryk KarbowskiHalfway
A middle-sized city in the centre of Poland, halfway between the mountains and the Baltic Sea. Neither rich, nor really poor, with a typical history of the region’s industrial capital which blossomed in the times of state socialism and lost that position after 1989. A halfway state, in between present and past, between East and West, between here and now.

Taken from The Travellers series by Birte Kaufmann | Institute

Taken from The Travellers series by Birte Kaufmann | Institute

Birte Kaufmann – The Travellers
The Travellers project gives insight into the everyday life of Ireland’s largest minority group. This group has a nomadic origin, stemming from the tradition of migrant workers. As this tradition no longer exists, the travellers are looking for a new identity within the Western European society of the 21st century.

Taken from the Mädchenland (Kingdom of Girls) series by Karolin Klüppel

Taken from the Mädchenland (Kingdom of Girls) series by Karolin Klüppel

Karolin KlüppelMädchenland (Kingdom of Girls)
In the state of Meghalaya in India, the indigenous people of the Khasi with 1,1 million members form the majority of the population. Here, traditionally it is the girls who are of particular importance and who play an exposed role in the family. The succession in the maternal line guarantees girls and women in Meghalaya a unique economic and social independence in contrast to the general conditions in India.

Taken from the Happy Nothing series by Yurian Quintanas

Taken from the Happy Nothing series by Yurian Quintanas

Yurian QuintanasHappy Nothing
For some people the desert represents decay and death. There is scarcity of water and shade, extreme temperatures and a lack of resources for humans to survive. But at the same time there is a long tradition of the desert as a place of healing, both physically and spiritually. With the Californian desert as background, Happy Nothing is a personal journey that delves into the lives of its inhabitants and its secrets.

Taken from the Magnit series by Jewgeni Roppel

Taken from the Magnit series by Jewgeni Roppel

Jewgeni RoppelMagnit
Today, Russians are talking about Siberia, especially in esoteric and spiritual societies, as a magical place on the Earth that attracts people who are seeking spiritual or mystic experience. The phenomenon of the new desire in Siberia, and its growing interest is the topic of Magnit.

Taken from the Anja series by Shadman Shahid

Taken from the Anja series by Shadman Shahid

Shadman ShahidAjna
Shadman Shadid’s journey has a slightly different character. The word Ajna is Sanskrit means the eye that one uses to see the immaterial, to observe that which is formless. In Ajna, the author of the photographs explores human existence, looking for answers to basic questions about self-fulfillment.

Taken from The Island of the Colourblind series by Sanne De Wilde

Taken from The Island of the Colourblind series by Sanne De Wilde

Sanne De WildeThe Island of the Colourblind
Over 250 years ago, a catastrophic typhoon swept over the island Pingelap, a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean, leaving only 20 survivors. One of the survivors was the king, the ruler at that time, who carried the rare achromotopsia gene that causes complete colourblindness. The king went on to have many children and by the time the island reached the 4th generation of Pingelapese after the typhoon. Most of them see the world in black and white. What would colour look like, how would they colour the world, the trees, themselves?

The International Photography Festival in Łódź will also feature slideshows, over 30 exhibitions in the OFFROAD section (including the first public presentation of the DEBUTS 2016 laureates), portfolio review, photographic workshops and photowalks as well as a large section devoted to photobooks. The festival also returns – in cooperation with Transatlantyk – to a film programme containing the freshest and the most interesting films on photographers and photography.

2016 Fotofestiwal in Łódź
HIT THE ROAD: Photographers’ Travel
Łódź (Poland)
June 9-19, 2016

More info @ www.fotofestiwal.com

The 15th International Festival of Photography FOTOFESTIWAL in Łódź is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

14th edition of Krakow Photomonth


One armed man. Madrid (Spain), 1989. Taken from the New Europe series. © Paul Graham Courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York (USA)

One armed man. Madrid (Spain), 1989.
Taken from the New Europe series.
© Paul Graham
Courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York (USA).

Crisis? What Crisis?! is the main theme of the 14th edition of Krakow Photomonth, Europe’s leading photography festival, starting on May 12 in Cracow (Poland). The Main Program, curated by Lars Willumeit (German curator and cultural anthropologist), tries to present crisis not as a transitional phase or an anomaly, but as a characteristic trait of everyday life, a permanent state with which we must cope in practically all spheres of our lives: private, public and global. Political, economic, environmental and migration crises concern us to the same degree as crises of identity, trust, and “individuality” in the globalised world.

Nor has the crisis bypassed photography which, in our epoch of overproduction of images, is trying to find its place. The constantly changing media landscape has forced photographers – journalists, reporters and artists – to turn to new forms of communication with the viewer and creative use of source materials.

“The exhibitions presented during Krakow Photomonth, each alluding in their own way to global, social and political problems, have their own stakes in telling of the problems of the contemporary world; they are reflections upon the function of photography,” – says Lars Willumeit.



The artists invited to take part in the festival use a range of strategies to address these phenomena and to comment on them. The list opens with world-famous photographer Paul Graham, whose New Europe project has become remarkably prescient in the face of the all-too-evident crisis of “European values.” A wider global perspective comes courtesy of Swiss artist Yann Mingard who draws from the notion of the Anthropocene – the first geological epoch in history which has come about through human intervention. His project Deposit, completed between 2009 and 2013, makes visible how humankind collects, stores and classifies both biological specimens and digital information that are usually hidden from public view. To enable this, Mingard brought back images from twenty-one locations, dividing them into four sub-chapters: Plants, Animals, Humans and Data.

Selfie #18b by Aneta Grzeszykowska, 2014. © Aneta Grzeszykowska Courtesy of the artist and Raster Gallery in Warsaw (Poland)

Selfie #18b by Aneta Grzeszykowska, 2014.
© Aneta Grzeszykowska
Courtesy of the artist and Raster Gallery in Warsaw (Poland).

Another, private perspective is adopted by outstanding Polish artist Aneta Grzeszykowska in whose work we find themes of incompatibility of individuals and roles played by human bodies. This exhibition will be displayed at MOCAK where we will also have a chance to see a rising star of world photography, the youngest Magnum nominee in the agency’s history, Max Pinckers. The project presented during this year’s festival is a story about love – of the star-crossed sort, as it is forbidden by the Indian caste culture – and universal aspirations to show happiness. The artist pairs his photographs with newspaper clippings, notes, and artefacts from wedding photography studios, which might be seen as an attempt to go beyond the crisis of classical documentary photography.

Rajnish & Pooja at the Love Commandos shelter. Undisclosed location, India, 2013.  Taken from the Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty series. © Max Pinckers

Rajnish & Pooja at the Love Commandos shelter. Undisclosed location, India, 2013.
Taken from the Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty series.
© Max Pinckers

The search for new forms of visual narrative in the era of the crisis of visual media is the main motif of a collective exhibition curated by Iris Sikking. The six projects presented here take on such difficult subjects as the heroin trade, genocide and migration; they are linked by a desire to go beyond a classical way of telling global histories, which the artists acknowledge to be insufficient. Here photographs on a wall are just as adequate form of response as a radio broadcast, a YouTube film or illustrations from an archive. The #Dysturb Collective speaks directly about the crisis in journalism, using the walls of buildings and advertising media to force Cracow’s inhabitants to face “street news” that seldom appears in newspaper headlines.

The strong showing of photography collectives is a notable feature of this year’s Photomonth with exhibitions of such groups as Sputnik Photos (Poland), Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt (Sweden), Werker Magazine (the Netherlands/Spain) and Discipula (Italy).

Program of the 2016 Krakow Photomonth also includes ShowOFF section with exhibitions of young artists selected through an open competition. This year’s winners include: Martin Errichiello & Filippo Menichetti, Weronika Gęsicka, Katarzyna Hoffmann, Krzysztof Racoń, Constantin Schlachter, Michał Siarek, Kacper Szalecki and Justyna Wierzchowiecka.

As always, the festival is accompanied by such events as:

  • Portfolio Review, providing an opportunity for young artists to submit their works to outstanding reviewers, with exhibition of the 2015 Griffin Art Space Prize for the best portfolio – Wiktoria Wojciechowska (DEBUTS 2014);
  • Master Series meetings with both, the artists presenting their work in the Main Program and specialists to enrich the discussion around the theme of the festival or to speak of the ongoing fashion for photobooks;
  • Krakow Photo Fringe, an independent platform bringing together submissions sent in by artists, animators, activists, galleries, and all those whose passion is photography, including exhibition laureates of the DEBUTS (edition 2015) in andel’s Hotel Cracow.

The program of events is also filled out with book premieres, workshops, presentations, film screenings and guided tours by the curators.

Poppy  by Robert Knoth & Antoinette de Jong (press materials)

Poppy by Robert Knoth & Antoinette de Jong (press materials)

But the first exhibition of the 2016 Krakow Photomonth will take place in… Warsaw’s Dom Słowa Polskiego (11 Miedziana St., Warsaw, Poland) already on April 23. The Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong’s Poppy: Trails of Afghan Heroin presentation will be open to the public until May 3 and is a teaser for the festival.

2016 Krakow Photomonth
Crisis? What Crisis?!
Cracow (Poland)
May 12 – June 12, 2016

More info @ photomonth.com & facebook.com/photomonth

International exhibition ‘Generation 74′ opens PIX.HOUSE

Generation 74. © Kirill Golovchenko

Generation 74. © Kirill Golovchenko

With opening of PIX.HOUSE on July 15, Poznan will join the cities, in which documentary photography has got its exposition space. The gallery starts with a great hit – international exhibition Generation 74 that will consist of pictures by 11 photographers: Gintaras Česonis (Lithuania), Kirill Golovchenko (Ukraine/Germany), Nick Hannes (Belgium), Mindaugas Kavaliauskas (Lithuania), Davide Monteleone (Italy), Pekka Niittyvirta (Finland), Borut Peterlin (doc! #21; Slovenia), Przemysław Pokrycki (doc! #7; Poland), Tomáš Pospěch (Czech Republic), Simon Roberts (UK) and Vitus Saloshanka (Belarus/Germany).

„Are the numbers important here or do these eleven photographers have something more than the same year of birth in common? Yes, and quite a lot” - says Mindaugas Kavaliauskas from Lithuania, originator of the project. - “Today each of them is a well-known photographer in and outside their own countries. Some of them are considered photography icons all over the world. They were 15 when the Berlin Wall collapsed, the guys from the Eastern Bloc were 16-18 when their countries regained independence, and 30 when they experienced the European Union enlargement in 2004. They have all created long-term documentary projects, feeling that the world is changing from the analog-unique to uniformly global one. Their attitude to photographing is marked by their civic, social and individual sense of duty to say honestly about their home countries, dwelling places and the places they visited, preparing their projects. Their works don’t try to be fashionable, spectacular, anything but superficial or glossy. Instead of that, they are human, worried, bitter, ironic, humorous and critical.”

Generation 74. © Nick Hannes

Generation 74. © Nick Hannes

The exhibition will be connected with a Polish launch of the book of the same name. It will be accompanied by numerous meetings, discussions and lectures which together will constitute the four-day feast of documentary photography.

July 15, 2015
1:13 PM press lunch – conference with animators of PIX.HOUSE and authors of the Generation 74 exhibition
6:00 PM vernisage of the Generation 74 exhibition and official opening of PIX.HOUSE
7:30 PM Meeting with Mindaugas Kavaliauskas and Kirill Golovchenko
July 16, 2015
1:13 PM – 8:00 PM easy Thursday @ PIX.HOUSE: come, see the pictures, discuss
July 17, 2015
1:13 PM meeting with Maciej Frąckowiak, co-author of the Invisible City project
2:30 PM meeting with Piotr Małecki (doc! #18), documentary photographer of Napo Images agency
4:00 PM meeting with Jacek Piotrowski, documentary photographer, author of the City-People-Cars. 1984-93 exhibition
5:30 PM individual going to Stary Browar for the opening of the 2015 BZ WBK Press Foto’s post-competition exhibition
July 18, 2015
1:13 PM presentation of photographic initiatives of Greater Poland region (Władysław Nielipiński of Regional Public Library)
2:30 PM meeting with Grzegorz Kosmala, editor-in-chief of doc! photo magazine and originator of the DEBUTS project
4:00 PM review of multimedia projects awarded at Grand Press Photo contest
5:30 PM portfolio review with Mariusz Forecki, Adrian Wykrota (doc! #31), Michał Adamski (doc! #19) and Andrzej Dobosz (doc! #22)

Free admission to all events!

Venue: PIX.HOUSE, 35a Glogowska St., Poznan (Poland).


DEBUTS’ laureates among winners of the 2015 BZ WBK Press Foto

Another great news coming from the 2015 BZ WBK Press Foto gala! Mateusz Baj (DEBUTS 2014), Adrian Jaszczak (DEBUTS 2015), Wiktor Kubiak (DEBUTS 2015), and Katarzyna Maluga (DEBUTS 2015) are among winners of the competition! 

Mateusz won the 2nd award in the Culture and Art – Photo Story category, Adrian – 1st award in the Sport – Photo Story category, Wiktor – 3rd award in the Sport – Photo Story category, and Katarzyna – 2nd award in the Culture and Art – Single Picture category.


More info @ BZ WBK Press Foto website (website in Polish language version only)

doc! photo magazine #31 has been published!

The new, slightly revised, and 100% English issue of doc! photo magazine has been published today! As usually, the magazine discusses eight stories of great importance to the world, local communities, and individuals.

The main photographer of the issue is Rob Hornstra, co-author of The Sochi Project. The story covers a dramatic situation on the Caucasus, bringing an alternative story to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi (Russia), that may be used as a comment on the recent news from Ukraine.

  • photo essay – THE SOCHI PROJECT

Other stories in doc! #31 are:

The magazine also contains the third part of the DEBUTS 2014’s laureates presentation, including pictures by Ewa Behrens, Krzysztof Sienkiewicz, Filip Skronc, and Agnes Szedera.

Everything on 260 pages with 173 (69 duotone and 104 colour) images!

Go to our doc! store and buy the issue for just EUR 2.20!

Have a nice visual reading!

Cover photo: Rob Hornstra

DEBUTS 2015 jury – Grzegorz Kosmala

© Mirosław Kania

© Mirosław Kania

Grzegorz Kosmala – based in Warsaw (Poland) | founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of two online magazines dedicated to contemporary documentary (doc! photo magazine) and fine art (contra doc!) photography | originator of the DEBUTS project | juror in international photo contests | coordinator of the 7th and 8th editions of BZ WBK Press Foto, one of the Poland’s largest press photography contests | graduated from the Media Management and International Relations and Diplomacy faculties at the Nowy Sacz School of Business.

DEBUTS 2015 jury – Ron Haviv

© John Stanmeyer | VII

© John Stanmeyer | VII

Ron Haviv – based in New York City (NY, USA) | an Emmy nominated and award-winning photojournalist | co-founder of the VII Photo agency | author of 3 monographs – Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, (called “One of the best non-fiction books of the year,” by The Los Angeles Times and “A chilling but vastly important record of a people’s suffering,” by Newsweek), Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul, and Haiti: 12 January 2010. | has produced a record of the injustices of war | his work in the Balkans, which spanned over a decade of conflict, was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague | President H.W. George Bush cited his photographs documenting paramilitary violence in Panama as one of the reasons for the 1989 American intervention | central character in 6 documentary films, including National Geographic Explorer’s Freelance in a World of Risk | has provided expert analysis and commentary on ABC World News, BBC, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, and The Charlie Rose Show.